Artwork Detail

Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) showing frame and metal support

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat)</em> showing frame and metal support

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) showing the artist's signature

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) showing frame and metal support

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) showing troweled plaster edge

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996 (detail)

  • Detail of verso of Robert Rauschenberg's Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) showing backing board

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), 1996 (detail of verso)

  • Donald Saff and Robert Rauschenberg in the studio with Party Line (Arcadian Retreat)

    Donald Saff and Robert Rauschenberg with Party Line (Arcadian Retreat) (1996) in the artist's studio on Captiva Island, Florida, 1996. Courtesy Saff Tech Arts, Oxford, MD. Photo: George Holzer

  • Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat), inkjet transfer and wax on fresco panels, 111 in. x 75 in. (281.94 cm x 190.5 cm); Gift of Vicki and Kent Logan; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


This detail of Catastrophe (Arcadian Retreat) shows the work's embedded metal support exposed along the edge of a plaster panel. The metal support is fastened to aluminum panels that cover the back of the artwork and also attach to its wooden frame. Used in all of the works in the Arcadian Retreat series, these metal armatures are intended to support the works' weight, stabilize the fresco plaster, and make the plaster panels easier to handle.